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Q&A With Judy Greer

The busy actress and stepmom shares her healthy living tips on and off the set.
By Stephanie Stephens
WebMD Magazine - Feature

With more than 80 film and television roles to her credit, Judy Greer, 38, isn't fazed playing Miss Desjardin in the remake of the horror classic Carrie this month, then taking on the role of female chimp Cornelia in the action film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, set for next summer. Her other recent big-screen titles include Playing for Keeps, Jeff, Who Lives at Home, and The Descendants. Look for Greer's first book, I Don't Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star, a collection of humorous essays, in 2014. She voices Cheryl in FX's animated sitcom series Archer and continues as assistant and mistress Kitty Sanchez in Arrested Development on Netflix -- both shows are in their fourth seasons. Greer also hosts her own Yahoo! webisode series, Reluctantly Healthy. Born in Detroit, this former classical Russian ballet student is now stepmom to two teenagers and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Dean E. Johnsen, an executive producer of Real Time with Bill Maher.

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Wash your face every night before bed, taking off all that makeup. When my skin starts to break out I use Cetaphil Antibacterial Cleansing Bar, and it clears up in 2 days.

Q. When you're overworked and stressed out, how do you reset and unwind? 

I do Bikram yoga, which takes time because after being in that heat, I have to shower. It's been saving my life lately, though, and I try to do it 3 days a week. With Bikram, I know what I'm going to get in the way of a class, no matter what town I'm in or what country. It helps me sleep at night. I also do transcendental meditation, and I can do that in my trailer, on set, at lunch. Doing 20 minutes in the morning and afternoon is ideal.

Q. What's your favorite healthy snack and why?

Strawberries are sweet. It was hard to get them when I was growing up in Michigan.

Q. What's your go-to healthy dinner?

At home I make “garbage salad” with a lot of leftovers mixed with kale, spinach, romaine, and rice. Leftovers depend on what I made for the kids previously, but usually a little meat. And I eat feta cheese every day of my life.

Q. What three ingredients are always in your refrigerator or pantry?

Wine or champagne, Dijon mustard, and honey: The last two make great salad dressing with lemon juice and olive oil.

Q. What do you stash in your trailer?

I get rice cakes, almonds, and herbal tea from the health food store.

Q. What's your workout regimen like?

In addition to yoga, I used to run and am still trying to do a little bit. I have an easier time exercising on location when I don't have to work all day. 

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